Injury Invites Creativity
Saturday, October 31, 2015
A little over a week ago, mu achilles tendon (the one behind my heel) suddenly ruptured (partially) and I ended up wearing a big heavy space boot to keep my foot and ankle immobile.
I'll have to wear it at least 3 more weeks, which means no more yoga, no more Jazzercise and no more fast walking until it heals and I can wear a regular shoe. I'm supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible, so my husband has encouraged me to do what I can to exercise without damaging that foot. We have a recumbent exercise bike in our community center and we use it for 10 to 15 minutes every other day. We also have a video called "Chair Exercise"which is a really good workout for abdominal and upper body muscles while sitting in a chair. I can walk up to the community center wearing my boot and using a walker to keep from falling. I have never had an injury quite like this, so it's taking some creativity to
figure what I can do to use up the calories I eat. I'm also trying to cut back on some calories while I'm less active than usual. When the doctor first told me I would have to be immobile for a month while this tendon heals, I thought to myself, "Oh no! I'll gain weight." However,
I'm hoping that when my foot is back to normal, I'll still be close to my goal weight. Of course, as soon as I have the doctor's permission, I'll be back at Jazzercise, doing yoga and walking every day. All my team members who have health issues and have posted blogs about how they overcome them have really inspired me not to let a mere ruptured tendon keep me down. Thanks to this team for keeping me keeping on.